Since moving to Russell in 2018, ex-Hello Sailor guitar player Harry Lyon has played four sold out shows at the Russell Boating Club. 2018 was for the launch of his critically acclaimed hit solo album “To the Sea” and 2019 was for a more intimate trio show. In 2020 The Remnants played and in 2021the six-piece Hello Sailor line-up that wowed festival audiences last summer is sure to make this Russell gig a ripper.
Demand for Hello Sailor has grown and last summer’s gigs included headlining a show the South Island Masters Games in Timaru and A Concert on the Green on Auckland’s Hibiscus Coast and playing The Biggest Pub Gig in the World at Spark Arena in December. In January 2021 audiences loved them at the Summer Concert Tour series of shows in Queenstown, Taupo and Whitianga. In March they played the Auckland Craft Beer Festival at Spark Arena then closed out the season in April with an appearance at the Selwyn Sounds festival in Christchurch in front of an estimated audience of 10,000.
Still mourning the loss of Dave McArtney in 2013 and Graham Brazier in 2015, Hello Sailor in 2021 is dedicated to keeping their music and memories alive, and the current line-up is as close as fans will get to the band’s classic sound. Powered by the indomitable rhythm section of Rick Ball on drums and Paul Woolright on bass, they have the Sailor energy and attitude. Harry Lyon and Jimmy Taylor take care of the weaving guitars, Stephen Small on piano and Andy Dixon on saxophone complete the package. Their shows feature Hello Sailor, Pink Flamingos and Graham Brazier favourites, hit songs from Harry’s back catalogue and his 2018 critically acclaimed hit solo-album “To the Sea”.
Hello Sailor – the 6 piece band
One Night Only: The Russell Boating Club, Matauwhi Road, Russell
Saturday 27 November, 2021
Tickets at the Russell Book Shop and through Eventfinda